IBSA is a unique forum which brings together India, Brazil and South Africa – three large democracies, three major economies, three multicultural, multi-ethnic, multilingual and multi-faith countries on three different continents.

The IBSA Fund is a remarkable example of cooperation among three developing countries, which pioneered the implementation of South-South cooperation initiatives for the benefit of other Southern countries in partnership with the United Nations system. The purpose of the Fund is to identify replicable and scalable projects that can be disseminated to interested developing countries as examples of good practices in the fight against poverty and hunger. The IBSA Fund, which was established in 2004 and became operational in 2006, supports projects on a demand-driven basis through partnerships with local governments, national institutions and implementing partners. The projects that it supports are concrete expressions of solidarity for the benefit of the most vulnerable and marginalized people, with the objectives of promoting food security, addressing HIV/AIDS, extending access to safe drinking water, and promoting quality education and gender equality, all with the aim of contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Timor-Leste
Conservation Agriculture, Permaculture and Sustainable Fisheries Management
Haiti
Promote the Socioeconomic Integration of Vulnerable Children and Youth
Viet Nam
Establishment of a Rice-seed Production Hub in Hoa Tien
Viet Nam
An Innovative e-Learning Approach for Health
Sudan
Creation of Job Opportunities for Youth in Sudan through Labour-intensive Work Opportunities
State of Palestine
Reconstruction of Atta Habib Medical Centre in Gaza City
State of Palestine
Rehabilitation of the Cultural and Hospital Centre (Phases I and II)
State of Palestine
Construction and Equipping of a Centre for Persons with Severe Intellectual Disabilities
State of Palestine
Supporting Programme Opportunities in Recreational and Team Sports
Sierra Leone
Leadership Development and Capacity-building for Human Development and Poverty Reduction
Sain Lucia
Poverty Reduction through Livestock Development
Malawi and Zambia
Eliminating Child Marriages in Malawi and Zambia and Offering Scholarships to Child-marriage Survivors – Pilot Project
Lao People’s Democratic Republic
Support to Integrated Irrigated Agriculture in Two Districts in Bolikhamxay
Haiti
Collection of Solid Waste as a Tool to Reduce Violence (Phases l and ll)
Guyana
Solid Waste Management Improvement Project
Guinea-Bissau
Rural Electrification through Solar-energy Systems
Guinea-Bissau
Support for Lowland Rehabilitation and for Agricultural and Livestock Processing
Guinea-Bissau
Development of Agriculture and Small-animal Herding (Project I); Agricultural Development and Services to Rural Communities (Project II)
Grenada
National Health Insurance Scheme Support Project
Cambodia
Empowering Children and Adolescents with Special Needs and Their Families
Cambodia
Poverty Reduction among Youth: Development of Youth Volunteers’ Skill Sets for Increased Employability
Cabo Verde
Refurbishment of Health-care Infrastructure (Small Grant Project)
Cabo Verde
Delivering Safe Drinking Water
Burundi
Strengthening Infrastructure and Capacity to Combat HIV/AIDS
Zambia
Leveraging Zambia’s Agro-industry Potential in Rural Areas through Enhanced Soya Bean Production and Processing
Sierra Leone
Digital Financial Services
Kiribati
Enhancing Inclusive Sustainable Economic Development through Coconut-sector Development
Fiji
Empowering Rural Women – Scaling Up the Rocket-stove Project
Comoros
Enhancing Agricultural Capacity
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
Increased Access to Water, Improved Livestock Production and Post-drought Food Security

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Procedure and criteria for applying to the Fund

The IBSA Trust Fund operates through a Government-to-Government demand driven approach.

Interested governments may approach the IBSA diplomatic missions at their capitals or United Nations Headquarters in New York with a concept-note outline of the project that they wish to submit. Said IBSA missions will, in turn, forward eligible submitted proposals to the IBSA Focal Points at IBSA capitals for their consideration.

The project proposals receiving sponsorship from at least one IBSA Focal Point at a capital are presented to the IBSA Fund Board of Directors for its consideration.

UNOSSC informs the respective United Nations Resident Coordinator of approved proposals. The Resident Coordinator then facilitates the nomination of a United Nations agency implementing partner (unless it has been previously identified) and convenes the Government and other relevant stakeholders to advance project formulation.

Criteria for evaluating IBSA Fund project proposals

  1. Reduction of poverty and hunger

    The IBSA Fund would support developing countries in their efforts to reduce poverty and hunger.

  2. National ownership and leadership

    Proposals should be clearly in alignment with the priorities of the country concerned. Regional projects might also be considered.

  3. South-South cooperation

    The Fund would encourage mutual exchange of experiences and cooperation between developing countries, in particular good practices in reducing poverty and hunger.

  4. Use of IBSA country capacities

    The Fund particularly encourages the use and the transfer of capacities and expertise available in IBSA countries.

  5. Strengthening local capacity

    The proposal should pay special attention to identifying and strengthening local capacities.

  6. Ownership

    The Fund gives priority to projects in which national entities in the project countries participate and continue to work in a longer-term perspective.

  7. Sustainability

    The proposal should indicate how, upon its implementation, sustainable activities will be improved or created to continue in a longer-term perspective.

  8. Identifiable impact

    The activities supported by the IBSA Fund would have clearly identifiable development impact attributable to the Fund.

  9. Replicability

    Projects should be replicable and scalable for dissemination in interested developing countries as examples of good practices in the fight against poverty
    and hunger.

  10. Innovation

    The Fund would encourage new ways of approaching development issues, with emphasis on the replication of innovative experiences already implemented in other developing countries, in particular experiences in the IBSA countries.

  11. Time frame

    The project proposal should normally cover a period of 12 to 24 months to ensure the achievement of medium-term impact.

  12. Project size

    The Fund would encourage new ways of approaching development issues, with emphasis on the replication of innovative experiences already implemented in other developing countries, in particular experiences in the IBSA countries.

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Governance mechanism

The Board of Directors is composed of the Deputy Permanent Representatives of India, Brazil and South Africa to the United Nations in New York.

The Board approves summary proposals and detailed projects and continuously provides strategic direction to IBSA projects to ensure their successful implementation through strong South-South partnerships.

UNOSSC is the Fund Manager and secretariat of the IBSA Fund, supporting its Board of Directors as it establishes the strategic vision and programmatic activities of the Fund. The UNOSSC Trust Fund Management Team, working closely with the IBSA Fund experts and partners, provides monitoring, quality assurance and knowledge-management and communications across the IBSA Fund projects.

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State of Fiji
SDG-3

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Cambodia
SDGs 3, 4, 17

Empowering the children and adolescents with special needs and their families

The project supported the construction and equipping of a hospital pavilion to provide quality service for children and adolescents with special needs.

Ministry of Health; Chey Chumneas Hospital; Caritas
$1,069,721
2010–2014 Completed

Grenada
SDGs 3, 4, 17

National Health Insurance Scheme Support
The project supported the development of the national health insurance programme through the establishment of the NHI secretariat, including its infrastructure and staff capacity development.

Ministry of Health, Social Security and International Business; Organization of Eastern Caribbean States; UNDP
$742,925
2017–2019 Completed

Guinea-Bissau
SDGs 1, 2, 4, 7, 17

Development of agricultural and small-animal herding (Project I); agricultural development and services to rural communities (Project II)
This two-part project improved adult literacy, provided agricultural and pastoral training and support, and increased clean, affordable energy. Agricultural production increased through training in key techniques and the introduction of improved yield seeds or crop alternatives and of short-cycle animals for reproduction.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; UNDP
$1,328,750 (PI: $498,750; PII: $830,000)
PI: 2005–2007; PII: 2009–2011 Completed

Support for lowland rehabilitation and for agricultural and livestock processing
This poverty reduction and food security project provided high-yield rice seed varieties, rehabilitated low-lying coastal and related hydraulic infrastructure, and provided training in food-processing, conservation and commercialization techniques.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; UNDP
$1,550,000
2011–2015 Completed

Rural electrification through solar-energy systems
Building on the achievements of a previous IBSA Fund initiative, the project brought solar energy to an additional 20 villages and supported all project villages in the development of effective and sustainable solar equipment management.

Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development; Central Electronics Ltd; UNDP
$596,305
2011–2015 Completed

Guyana
SDGs 6, 11, 12

Solid waste management improvement
The project equipped local governments with waste collection trucks and excavators, rehabilitated select markets and market tarmacs to reduce illegal vending, and distributed waste bins and posters in schools, all supported by a national communications strategy.

Ministry of Communities; UNDP
$1,093,260
2014–2018 Completed

Haiti
SDGs 1, 4, 8, 11, 16

Collection of solid waste as a tool to reduce violence (Phases I and II)

To reduce violence and gang clashes, the project helped to develop a culture around labour-intensive waste collection and disposal and improved livelihoods by aiding pacification efforts and reducing the incidence of disease.

Municipality of Port-au-Prince; Ministry of Public Works; Ministry of the Environment; Sanitary Action Committee of Carrefour-Feuilles; UNDP
$2,843,429
PI: 2006–2007; PII 2007–­2011 Completed

Promote the socioeconomic integration of vulnerable children and youth

To improve employability and job access for vulnerable youth, the project provided professional training including the development of entrepreneurship skills and citizen values, basic education and job placement.

Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour; Viva Rio; ILO
$1,601,657
2015–2017 Completed

Lao People’s Democratic Republic
SDGs 2, 15

Support to integrated irrigated agriculture in two districts in Bolikhamxay
The project improved the irrigation system and promoted sustainable management of natural resources through community management groups.

Bolikhamxay Province Department of Planning and Investment; Department of Irrigation; UNDP
$1,323,000
2012–2015 Completed

Saint Lucia
SDGs 1, 9

Poverty reduction through livestock development
The project established infrastructure and introduced technology and support systems to help to increase the production and commercialization of quality livestock products while strengthening the technical and managerial skills of livestock farmers organizations, extension officers and veterinarians.

Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Physical Planning, Natural Resources and Cooperatives; FAO
$1,291,100
2015–2018 Completed

Comoros
SDGs 2, 12, 15, 27

Enhancing agricultural capacity 
The project established a pilot farm school to serve as a learning centre for demonstrating commercial farming practices to local farmers. 

South African Agricultural Research Council; National Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment; UNDP
$1,800,000
2017–2020
Completed 


Kiribati
SDGs 2, 5, 17

Enhancing inclusive sustainable economic development through coconut sector development
The project fostered income-generation opportunities for smallholder farmers and improved their livelihoods through value-added coconut products while also contributing to the inclusive, sustainable economic development outlined in the national development strategy.

Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives; UNDP
$315,000
2018–2020 Completed

 

Malawi and Zambia
SDGs 4, 5, 17

Eliminating child marriages and offering scholarships to child-marriage survivors
The project re-enrolled and provided scholarships and skills to child-marriage survivors to provide a second chance for education, as well as awareness training to discourage girls from dropping out of school.

Regional: Africa Union Commission; UN-Women

Malawi: Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs; Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare; Malawi National Partnership to End Child Marriage

Zambia: Ministry of Justice; Ministry of Gender; Ministry of Youth, Sport and Child Development; UN-Women; Campaign for Female Education
$1,000,000
2019–2020 Completed

Sierra Leone
SDGs 1, 5, 16, 17

Digital financial services
The project piloted digital financial-service projects, such as savings, mobile credit and insurance, as well as financial literacy for women, youth and MSMEs, and contributed to policy development and technical support.

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development; Bank of Sierra Leone; UNCDF
$1,000,000
2018–2021 Completed

Leadership development and capacity-building for human development and poverty reduction
The project strengthened human resource planning and management, strategy and policy development, and other key management skills among state institutions to support the Government’s implementation of macroeconomic reforms and good governance practices.

Office of the President; Ministry of Foreign Affairs; UNDP
$1,000,000
2011–2013 Completed

Zambia
SDGs 1, 2

Leveraging agro-industry potential in rural areas through enhanced soya bean production and processing
The project contributed to rural poverty reduction and food security through improved productivity, capacity and income by diversifying existing crop systems for soya bean cultivation and improving the value chain.

Ministry of Agriculture; Smallholder Productivity Promotion Programme; Muchinga Agricultural Development Company; IFAD
$1,714,680
2018–2021 Completed

Burundi
SDGs 3, 5, 17

Strengthening infrastructure and capacity to combat AIDS
The project built and equipped an HIV/AIDS prevention, testing and treatment centre while strengthening the Government’s ability to plan, communicate and implement HIV/AIDS prevention and care strategies.

Ministry of Health; Society for Women and AIDS in Africa; UNDP; UNFPA
$1,145,630
2010–2012 Completed

Cabo Verde
SDGs 3, 5, 9, 17

Delivering safe drinking water
The project increased the availability of safe drinking water and improved health conditions for local communities by constructing a water desalination plant and connecting it to the main water distribution system.

Municipality of Ribeira Brava; UNDP
$1,712,000
2009–2014 Completed

Refurbishment of health-care infrastructure
The project rehabilitated and equipped two health-care centres serving remote communities, one of which had been in disuse.

Municipality of Ribeira Brava
$37,065
2008 Completed

State of Palestine
SDG 3, 10

Supporting programme opportunities in recreational and team sports
The project built and equipped a multipurpose sports complex offering a variety of sports opportunities – indoor soccer, fencing, gymnastics, etc. – and organized youth sports leagues.

Palestinian National Authority; Ministry of Youth; Sharek Youth Forum; UNDP
$1,065,000
2008–2011 Completed

 

Construction and equipping of Centre of for Persons with Severed Intellectual Disabilities 
The project built and equipped a service centre to offer consultation, physical therapy, vocational training, and protection and rehabilitation services for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities.

 

Palestinian National Authority; Ministry of Social Affairs; UNDP
$1,250,000
2012­–2016 Completed 

Rehabilitation of the Cultural and Hospital Centre (Phases I and II)
The project rehabilitated the infrastructure and upgraded the medical capacity of the Cultural and Hospital Centre for the Palestinian Red Crescent Society including recovery rooms, administrative offices, the cafeteria and facilities for psychosocial support activities. 

Palestinian National Authority; Palestinian Red Crescent Society; UNDP
$1,644,700 (PI; $1,000,000; PII: $644,700)
PI: 2012–2023; PII: 2014–2016 Completed

 

Reconstruction of Atta Habib Medical Centre in Gaza City 
The project improved access to public health care by rebuilding and furnishing the Centre, including the maternity and children’s ward facilities and the dental and lab services.

 

Palestinian National Authority; Ministry of Health; UNDP
$1,000,000
2015–2017 Completed

Sudan
SDGs 4, 8

Creation of job opportunities for youth in Sudan through labour-intensive work opportunities
In an effort to create employment opportunities for unskilled and semi-skilled underprivileged youth, the project supported their placement in road maintenance, waste management, and auto-mechanical, electrical and other vocational jobs.

Ministry of Labour and Administrative Reform; Ministry of International Cooperation; Ministry of Youth and Sports; Khartoum State; UNDP
$1,300,000
2014–2017 Completed

Timor-Leste SDG 2
Conservation agriculture, permaculture and sustainable fisheries management
The project promoted the adoption of sustainable production techniques and the intensification of smallholder farming and fishing systems.

Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; NaTerra Association; Conservation International; FAO
$1,428,772
2015­–2018 Completed

Viet Nam
SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4

Establishment of a rice-seed production hub

The project established a production hub for rice seeds that are appropriate for local conditions, contributing to the enhancement of agriculture yields, strengthened rice cultivation and improved post-harvest processing methods.

Da Nang People’s Committee; Department of Agriculture and Rural Development; FAO
$529,537
2012–2014 Completed

An innovative e-learning approach for health
The project developed e-training modules that enhance the skills of medical students and health professionals, improving the coverage and quality of service in underserved regions.

Ministry of Health; Hai Phong University of Medicine and Pharmacy; WHO
$990,000
2015–2018 Completed

Eswatini
SDGs 4, 6, 11

Addressing the Water, Health and Poverty Nexus through WASH Initiatives for COVID-19 and Climate Responses
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project is improving sanitation and hygiene by providing solar-powered boreholes, rainwater- and stormwater-harvesting water supply systems, and knowledge exchanges among global South countries.

National Disaster Management Agency; UNDP
$999,350
2022-Ongoing

Senegal
SDGs 2, 13, 15

Restoration and monitoring of degraded land in the groundnut basin of the Saloum Delta
To reduce the impact of climate change, the project is using drones to monitor and analyse land degradation, strengthen adaptation monitoring measures, promoting the use of solar energy for land desalination, and strengthening community involvement in restoration and productivity.

Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development; UNESCO; UNDP
$1,000,000
2022-Ongoing

Lesotho
SDGs 1, 2, 6

Bolivia (Plurinational State of)
SDGs 2, 6, 17

Increased access to water for consumption and hygiene, improved livestock production and post-drought food security
The project drilled water wells to provide rancher associations and indigenous communities with increased access to clean water for consumption and hygiene as well as for livestock and agricultural production.

Ministry of Rural Development and Land; Autonomous Departmental Government of Beni; Federation of Ranchers of Beni; UNDP
$500,000
2018–2021 Completed